Gay entertainer John Barrowman has spoken out about his friend Phillip Schofield’s decision to come out.
Schofield, who's been married to Stephanie Lowe for 27 years and co-hosts ITV’s This Morning programme with Holly Willoughby, revealed his sexuality back in February.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, Barrowman said: “I’ve known Phillip for years and I’d never imagined those headlines. I’m not saying I hadn’t thought about it, but that’s none of my business.
“I’ve met his wife, who is lovely. I feel for her because although Phillip is out and living his truth, he loves his family so much.
“I had a chat with him, the night it all came out in the press, in his dressing room and I saw his face. It’s a face I’ve had before - upset, afraid and sad to be hurting other people.
“I said to him, ‘It will get better, the people around you who love you will understand. You’ll get through it.’ I’m so pleased for him and hopefully it will lead to a greater happiness for him and his family.”
Barrowman was speaking as Schofield took to Instagram to reveal he’s written an autobiography, which will be published in October.
He said: “After being asked many times, and after many years of wanting to, I have written my autobiography.
“I wrote the first line of the book, in my head, when I was about 14. It took me until 2017 for me to finally write the first chapter and then I stopped because the time wasn’t right.
“It has certainly been something of a work in progress! Over the years I have been making notes of the stories and events of my life that I thought would tell my story.
“Finally, in Lockdown, I knew that all the pieces of the jigsaw had been put into place and I was ready to write - that and a new discovery... lots of free time!
“It has been a fascinating experience, both immense fun and deeply emotional. Finally, after all these years, I’m happy it’s gone from my head, to the page.”
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